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Industry fund to support domestic violence survivors

Employees of industry fund Equipsuper affected by domestic violence will be offered extra paid leave to help them cope with the ramifications of the abuse.

Equip's executive officer, people and culture, Sarah Guthleben says the fund wants to support its staff through the process of escaping domestic violence, and to promote a safe and secure workplace for them and their colleagues.

The industry fund will allow up to an additional five days' fully paid leave for employees affected by domestic violence to enable them to deal with pressing issues that may result from these incidents.

"Equip will not tolerate domestic violence within or from the workplace and this measure is a reflection of our broader commitment to enhancing the personal wellbeing of our employees," Ms Guthleben said.

The special leave will support any employees who, as a result of domestic violence, are required to attend court appearances or related appointments, or who need to seek medical advice and/or find alternative accommodation.

"In addition to the leave days, we encourage any employees to take advantage of the confidential counselling services available through our employee assistance program," Ms Guthleben said.

In January 2016, Equip announced it would continue to pay superannuation guarantee contributions into its employees' super accounts during paid and unpaid parental leave to help keep their retirement savings on track during these career breaks.